Author Suzanne Collins came up with the idea for the book after watching footage of the invasion of Iraq and a reality TV show. The two ideas combined to form “The Hunger Games.”
“The Hunger Games” has been translated into 26 different languages.
Chloe Grace Moretz (“Kick-Ass”), Emma Roberts (“Scream 4”), Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”), Saoirse Ronan (“Hanna”) and Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) also auditioned for the part of Katniss, but Jennifer Lawrence won the role.
Tickets for the movie went on sale February 22, four weeks before the premiere. Ticket sales broke the record held by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse for the most advance tickets sold in one day and accounted for 83 percent of total sales that day.
Jennifer Lawrence and Paula Malcomson have played a mother and daughter on screen before. The two starred in an episode of “Cold Case” (2003) where Malcomson played a homeless mother struggling to support her two children after the death of their father, much like her character in “The Hunger Games.”
Actor Wes Bentley said in a New York Magazine interview that the odd beard he sported as Seneca Crane was made entirely from his own beard, not from fake hair.
Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence, both natural blondes, dyed their hair brown for the film, while naturally dark-haired Josh Hutcherson dyed his hair blonde.
Director Gary Ross chose to include shaky camera work to reflect the urgency of the situation in the arena and the protagonist’s point of view.
The name of the fictional nation, Panem, is derived from “Panem et Circenses,” or “Bread and Circuses,” which refers to the later days of the Roman Empire when the government kept the people satisfied by providing violent entertainment instead of carrying out public services.
Katniss, the name of the book’s heroine, comes from the name of an edible plant species, genus “Sagittaria,” commonly known as “arrowhead.” This is a reference to her badass archery skills.